CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2006 Rerate 8/8/06: I got this bottle out of the cooler at Kuhnhenn, so I can attest to its handling. Pour fills the glass with about 80% foam. After it all settles, the aroma is full of tart fruity notes with some mild roastiness. Body starts lightly sweet and caramely malty, quickly turning sour toward a dry, woody, ashy, and smoky tart finish with lingering mocha notes. Something’s definitely infected here, and this is the second time I’ve noticed it. Maybe, the error lies in the way they (hopefully) sterilize the coffee that gets added, because I’ve never noticed infections in any of their other beers.
Original rating 5/25/05: Dark and opaque with a thin, tan head with marginal lacing. Has a nice roasty coffee aroma reminiscent of Founder’s Breakfast Stout with some sweet caramel and chocolate malts, and a touch of light fruity tartness. Starts lightly malty and sweet but unveils some sour, acidic character that I find out of place. Finshes semi-dry, lightly tart and the roasty coffee shows up again amidst dark chocolate. Get rid of the acidity and add a touch more malt and you got a great beer. Thanks to jtw for the bottle!
heemer77 (5097) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2006 Not the nitro version. I was drinking with pintbypint and he had accidentally ordered the nitro version. The body is black with amber highlights and traces of a head on top. The aroma is strong coffee sweetened with brandy and maple syrup. The taste is light coffee with grass and dark chocolate. As you drink, you also get molasses hints. Had this again at a festival. Still a solid beer.
pintbypint (2559) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, nitro. Poured near black, red highlights. One inch of sticky dark tan foam. Nice lacing. Light mouthfeel. Creamy chocolate notes in the flavour, also faint vanilla. Aftertaste of bitter chocolate.
BBB63 (5964) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Walleye: Pours nearly opaque with crimson highlights and a fading frothy head which leaves a ring and good lace. The aroma is pure chocolate and vanilla latte with a hint of berry and earthy esters. The taste is less refined with the expected coffee, mocha, and vanilla bean notes but also displayed some interesting sour fruit and charred wood notes. A finish of some lingering bitters and grainy notes. The feel is a letdown, fizzy and thinner than I would have guessed. Different from most Java Stouts as the vanilla bean and mocha character is more dominate and then there is that lactic/fruity sourness than keeps you wondering. A darn solid brew but something I can say is probably not for everyone.
tjwais (42) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2005
3.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Smells great! Looks great! Tastes like... a lager and a bitter cup of coffee simply poured together. Not too appetizing, this one. I feel like they’re trying to cover up the unbalance of flavors by adding very sweet, almost fruity flavors.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep black color with a very small brown highlight and a thin light brown head. Wow, amazing aroma of coffee, roasted malt and chocolate, maybe vanilla too. The flavor is very different, it’s much more lactic with coffee, chocolate and roasted malt notes. Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. This beer feels a bit like a let down since the aroma is so excellent and the flavor while being good is less amazing, still this is an enjoyable stout. Merci Stephen !
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Coffee brown, nearly black, foamy beige head, thin, smeared lacing. Freshly ground coffee bean dominates. Subtle roasted malts. Lactic up front, slightly sour immediately after. Trailing lambic like sourness. Light bodied Stout, mouthfeel much the same. Confused finish, heavily roasted malt based lambic, or baby gueuze. Great nose, but didn’t follow through. Quite interesting otherwise. Thanks John!
TAR (2444) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with maple hues. Thick beige ring of foam retains well. Spent coffee beans aroma with chalky accents. Phenolic, toffee pudding, and lactose whispers. Notably airy and fuzzy. Light bodied. Heavy acidity stymies the fullness with a frontal assault of yogurt and soured plums. Smoky phenols lurk in the background. Lengthy java finish shows hints of cinnamon, roasty malt, and more custard flavors as the body possesses just enough softness to curtail the acridness. The full-blown acidity is puzzling, especially with this being a relatively young bottle. Otherwise, behind the overt coffee presence in the aroma, there’s a good degree a brightness. A noble effort.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong cocoa and roasted malt, coffee-like aroma. Opaque brown-black with decent but short-lived, off-white head that recedes rapidly to ring. Chocolate, pit fruit and roasted malts with a mild cabbagey note in the flavour that is not wholly unappealing. Medium body with moderate carbonation that feels a bit strong. Tulip glass, just above fridge temp. Enjoyed with ClarkVV, MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 31, 2005
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
New England Road Trip Easter ’05 with MartinT, tiggmtl and Rastacouere, beer #36. Sampled in our motel room, joined by the locquacious and sagacious ClarkVV. 12 oz bottle. Solid black, tiny head falls into a miniscule ring...absolutely jawdropping chocolate-latte aroma, burnt caramel rustling with bourbon vanilla and the tiniest hint of black cherry...sweetened Turkish coffee in the body, bit of wine...somewhat thin and too-carbonated late, so it doesn’t quite ascend the mountain, but damn if I can’t still smell it.